I have officially gave up on buying booster packs. Today I went and bought another dozen boosters which put me at 48 that I have bought. No **bleep** I have not got a single Phantom OR Ultra Rare card from any of them. If it weren't for theme decks I bought I would have nothing. grrr
They wouldn't be Ultra-Rare if you got them in every other pack. Granted, 48 Packs without a single UR is bad luck, but I'm forced to wonder if you have gotten one and just not realised it's an ultra-rare.
Phantoms still go for above $50 each on Ebay... Add shipping and insurance, that's a lot of booster packs.
On the other side, don't forget that at least YOU can go to a store and pick-up some booster packs if you want. I simply wish I could. I find it much better to buy a handfull of packs every now and then, rather than having to order huge boxes to offset the cost of shipping. There's two advantages, first, it does not seem so costly if you buy only like $20 worth of packs every few days. You spread the joy of opening them. You get to introduce one or two new cards in you deck from time to time until the next few days. And you can stop anytime if you're happy with your deck or money is thight. This bring the second point. In my case, I just want about 5 cards badly right now. So I would rather fish for them every few days, and stop when I get a few of them (would be happy to get any 3), rather than having to order big boxes, and either find them in the first few packs, or as you said yourself, opening them all at once, and finding I've none.
I must be one of the lucky ones then, hopefully i didn't just jinks myself but I'm only missing 15 cards to complete my set from my first booster box. I have 2 more booster boxes on the way. I received 3 phantoms and a few UR........once i get all my boosters if you're on EoJ card manager look me up I'll have many cards up for trading.